The Larks made their welcome return to the Dinghy Show this weekend which was a huge success for the class and certainly one of the best shows I can remember.
Chris Biglin's new Lark, "Dark Knight" with its funky graphics was a definite crowd puller. Amusingly Chris's new mainsail doesn't have a "LARK" logo on the sail and a number of people looking for the stand walked past a number of times without noticing! The lack of insignia was to highlight the class insignia competition - can you do better? Almost normal service was resumed once Funky Monkey Graphics helped us out with a suitably colourful and funky logo to attract the crowds.
It was very pleasing to see so many new faces on the stand looking to get involved with the class. The number of requests we received for second hand boats was staggering. For those of you not using your boats very often or looking to upgrade now is the time to put your boat on the market.
Understandably most of the gossip was surrounding the new builder. As most people now know the class is very close to finalising a deal with the country's Premier dinghy builder, Ovington Boats. They are very keen to be involved with the Lark Class which was evident when a large contingent from the company appeared on the stand with a Ovington Lark flyer. Perhaps a little premature but we should all be very excited as the Lark class has a great opportunity to once again move into the Premier League of dinghy classes. More news on the new Lark in the next couple of weeks.
Without the support of class members the Dinghy Show would not have been the success it was. So a big thank you to everyone that spent time enthusing about the Lark to the many passers by. In particular we should all extend our gratitude to Chris Biglin for providing the boat and logistics, to all those that helped set up the stand and especially to Garry Packer who did two full days on the stand and was there bright and early on the Sunday. Thank you both - the class owes you beer!
Finally, we have already seen in the press that the trade stands were reporting excellent business during the show. What recession they are saying? That is certainly what we heard from those visiting our stand. The message from the Class Committee is get your Lark on the water this year for what will be very special year for the class. We have everything in place for a great seasons sailing and socials. So no excuses, grease those hubs, check those tyres, check the lighting board and get your Lark on the circuit!
See you all at South Staffs in two weeks (and get those Nationals entries in).